This page provides additional advice and guidance to international applicants, to make sure that your journey to Cranfield is as smooth as possible.
It includes sections on:
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
- Our Airport Meeting Service
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) applies to international students who are intending to study certain sensitive taught or research subjects at postgraduate level. The scheme is run by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The subjects and research areas are those where knowledge could be used in programmes to develop Advanced Conventional Military Technology (ACMT), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), or their means of delivery.
Students who intend to take a subject that requires an ATAS certificate must obtain this prior to starting their studies. If you need to obtain a visa to study in the UK, you will also need to obtain the ATAS certificate before you submit your visa application.
It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you, but please contact us if you need further advice.
To check whether you need an ATAS certificate please visit Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) - GOV.UK. You will need your HECoS Common Aggregate Hierarchy (CAH3) code, which can be found on your official course offer letter from Cranfield.
How to apply for ATAS
The ATAS application is made online to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and is free of charge. It will usually take at least 20 working days (4 weeks) for them to process the application. During busy periods (between April and September) processing times are longer, so we recommend applying as soon as possible after you have received your offer letter. ATAS certificates are valid for 6 months and must still be valid at the time of the visa application.
The ATAS website provides further details about how to complete the online application form and what information you will need to provide.
If you are a UK national or a national of any of the following countries, you are not required to apply for an ATAS certificate:
HECoS Common Aggregate Hierarchy (CAH3)
All subject areas studied at UK universities are identified by a CAH3 code. We will provide you with the CAH3 code in your official course offer letter and we will also confirm whether an ATAS certificate is required for your chosen course.
Airport Meeting Service
We offer a free of charge airport meeting service to all international and European students commencing a full-time taught or research course who are resident outside the UK and arriving at Cranfield for the first time.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the service to visiting or part-time students.
We will arrange transport for you and your family from London airports to the Cranfield campus or nearby accommodation. The London airports are London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Luton, London City and London Southend.
You can book this service through our applicant portal EVE once you have been offered a place, this is available six months from the course start date.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
The CAS is a virtual document held by the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) which confirms that the University has agreed to offer you a place to study in the UK. The CAS includes a reference number, and this is needed to apply for a student visa.
Admissions will provide a CAS document by email. The document will confirm details of your course of study and will include the CAS number. When you enter the CAS number on your visa application form it allows the UKVI to access your information electronically.
How will my CAS be issued?
Admissions will contact you by email once the course start date is less than 6 months away and your application has progressed to the point where the CAS can be processed. This means that you must have:
- accepted your course offer
- paid the tuition fee deposit (where applicable)
- met all conditions of your offer
The email will ask you to log into our applicant portal, EVE, to complete an online CAS task. The task will ask you to verify some of the information we hold to ensure it is accurate in your CAS.
You may also be asked to provide evidence of your finances to study in the UK. This is to ensure that your finances will meet UKVI visa requirements. If you are required to provide these documents, you will be able to do this securely by uploading them in the online CAS task.
How long will it take to get my CAS?
We are usually able to issue the CAS within 5 working days from submission of the CAS task, or 5 working days following completion of your financial document checks (if this is required). This may take longer during busy periods.
If you are asked to provide evidence of your finances as part of the CAS task, the documents you submit will be reviewed by our Student Immigration and Funding Team. They will confirm once your documents have been checked and admissions will then be able to issue your CAS. The CAS is usually issued within 5 working days from the date the financial documents have been approved.
Once you have received your CAS you should check all the information carefully. If you believe there is an error in the CAS document you must not use the CAS number but should contact admissions immediately for further advice.
What does the ‘latest arrival date’ on my CAS mean?
The latest arrival date is the last day that you need to physically arrive at Cranfield and register for your course. You should always try and arrive by the published registration and induction time for your chosen course. If you are unable to arrive by the latest arrival date for your course you should inform admissions as soon as possible.
What is the deadline to request a CAS?
Please check our Key Dates and Deadline information for details on the deadline to request a CAS.